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Popular UFC Fighter Art “One-Glove” Jimmerson Dies Aged 61

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Popular UFC fighter Art “One-Glove” Jimmerson, best known for participating in the UFC 1 in November 1993, passed away this week at the age of 61. No cause of death was released.

Jimmerson earned the nickname “One-Glove” after he showed up to his first match wearing only one boxing glove to protect his jab hand while leaving the other hand free. At UFC 1, Jimmerson faced off against the eventual tournament winner, Royce Gracie.

Art competed in several different weight classes throughout his career, including super middleweight, light heavyweight, and cruiserweight. In 1983, Jimmerson was the National Golden Gloves Middleweight champion.

Throughout his professional boxing career, Art finished with a total record of 33-18 before retiring in 2002. Although he never participated in another mixed martial arts fight, Art returned to boxing shortly after his involvement in UFC 1.

Later in his career, Jimmerson started training fighters, from novices to professionals, in Los Angeles.

Iconic former UFC referee John McCarthy released a statement following Jimmerson’s passing.

“People can say whatever they want about Art Jimmerson,”

 “But Art Jimmerson was a man who practiced an art — the art of boxing — and became incredibly successful with it. He was brave enough to take that art and test it against something he had no knowledge of.”

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Rest in peace!

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